Make Something Monday: make a faux pumpkin look real

I like decorating with natural elements, but sometimes those natural elements can rot and make a mess. Plus, when your toddler likes to throw things, you probably shouldn’t have real pumpkins where she can reach them. 


I found this pumpkin at Walmart for a little over $5 and I liked the shape of it. I wasn’t too into the color, though. 

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, then you know I don’t let color put me off. http://www.townandcountryinteriors.com/cover-letter-admissions-representative/ I can fix that.

Out came the Waverly chalk paint and my trusty brushes.


I think it turned out quite well, don’t you??


Don’t let color put you off. Grab that spray paint, chalk paint, or milk paint and make it what you want. 

Now I have a super cute pumpkin that won’t rot or make a mess. 

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Five Friday Favorites: Anthropologie

I absolutely love Anthropologie. I love the home decor and the clothes. I often wait until things are on sale before I buy, but it’s hard for me to control myself in that store! I often keep a list of things I want so I can buy them when they’re reduced.

This week, this came in the mail:

I cannot begin to tell you how many things I want to buy from this catalog. As bad as I want to show you everything, I’m going to try to limit it to my five favorite things.

I’m a sucker for unique dishes, and these Wiltshire Garden bowls are lovely.

Wiltshire Garden bowls, $16

This lovely duvet cover that is crisp and white, but still has a vintage feel to it. I just want this for my bed sooo bad!

Textured Medallion Quilt, $268.00 –$328.00

I think this shelf would be perfect in my bathroom. Maybe they’ll put it on sale soon.

Phoebe Three-tiered shelf, $348

I already have some art that looks similar to this, but that doesn’t mean I can’t like this too, right?

Indigo fern art, $228

Picturesque Florals Mural, $228

 

I really do want and like everything in the Anthro catalog, but these are my favorites. Please comment below and share your own favorites.

 

Have a wonderful day!

 

 

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Farmhouse Friday: fall farmhouse pillows

I love fall! I love the colorful leaves and the cooler temperatures. I love the warm sweaters, scarves and boots. I also really love the cute fall decor I get to unpack.


What I want to share today are some super cute farmhouse style pillows. I’ve ordered a few of these but I’m not going to tell you which ones…yet. All of these pillows are very affordable and available on Amazon.com. I hope you enjoy!


Clockwise, from top: Buffalo check pillow cover, $7.98, Red grain sack pillow cover, $4.98Pumpkin truck ‘Happy Fall Y’all’ lumbar pillow, $5.98, buffalo check lumbar pillow, $5.47, and ‘Happy Fall Yall’ Painted pillow’, $4.80.

If none of these tickle your fancy, there are hundreds more to choose from. What fall pillows are you crushing on right now?

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Make Something Monday: Fall Crafts and Printables Roundup

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love football, pumpkins, big sweaters and boots. All year I look forward to this season. Our leaves aren’t doing much yet but our temperatures are starting to cool off and we can finally sit outside without sweating buckets.

This week, I’d like to share a number of fall prints, fall decorating ideas and fall crafts. All of these are super cute and cheap to make. 


Free fall printable from Ann of Green Gables

Simple fall wreath

And then after you finish your decorating, you can make this easy fall chicken noodle soup. 


Easy chicken noodle soup

Happy fall, y’all!! I am so excited that it’s finally here. 

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fall home tour

I have been fighting the urge to decorate for fall for soooo long. As soon as August hits, I do everything I can to find an excuse to decorate for fall. I live in North Carolina, so even when it’s September, it certainly doesn’t feel like fall here.

I decided to do a late summer/early fall kind of decorating scheme, with lots of textures and using things I mostly already had. I did have to buy some new apples, because my old ones did not survive the weather too well.

This is our front entry. I like to just do something small here. I used my great grandmother’s jug to hold some faux bittersweet, a galvanized bucket to hold a faux fruit, and my other great grandmother’s milk glass to hold a battery operated tea light.

 

I really, throughly enjoyed using antiques and things that have been in my family to decorate this fall. Here, I’ve used my grandmother’s scale and milk glass bowl to display some fruit, and a milk glass pitcher to display some burlap sunflowers. Also, I used this Pepsi crate I bought in the mountains last March. I thought my table vignette could use a bit more texture, so I made a gallon jar less boring by adding some lace and burlap to it.

See that pitcher and plate in the background? Those also belonged to my great grandmothers (on opposite sides of the family).

I love looking at this vignette. The scale and the gallon jar remind me of my grandparents and that makes me happy.

My grandmother loves to give me things like this scale, because she knows I love them and I use them proudly. Display your treasures and heirlooms, folks. Don’t stash them away in a cabinet. Use them out in the open and enjoy them.

You can buy rolls of lace and burlap, already combined like you see here, for just a few dollars at Walmart. You can make so many pretty things with it!

Someday I’ll have a real mantle…until then, I have this weird pass-through window in our dining room. Here is my fall “mantle-scape.” I have milk glass, copper pumpkins and milk glass pumpkins, cat tails and ornamental grasses, and a pretty fall plate I bought a few years ago. Simple, and natural beauty.

You may have picked up on a burlap obsession. In my dining room, I currently have burlap sunflowers in a pitcher, a gallon jug with burlap and lace, and some candles with burlap and lace on them.

Yet another gift from my great grandmother, handed down through the years. I never got to meet her, but this footed bowl was hers and I’m sure she’d be happy to know I love it and enjoy it.

In our office, I chose to display grass-wrapped pears in a footed bowl, and several glass pumpkins.

I will likely change up my decor as it becomes cooler, and well…actually fall!

Have a wonderful day. I hope you enjoyed this tour.

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Make Something Monday: Free summer printables

If you know me, you know I really love a good printable. You also know I love a good FREE printable. I got a little bored recently and created a few Printables with summer appropriate quotes on them. 

I thought I’d share a few of those with you. To download, righ click and save to your device. For best results, print no larger than 8×10. 


How about this one? 


And if you’re into photographic art, you may like this one.


As you can see, I was overdressed in this photo. 

And if none of these Printables tickle your fancy, here’s a collection of summer quotes from Country Living (these are NOT mine).

Country Living: Best Quotes About Summer

Have an awesome week! More summer goodies are coming soon. 

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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: no-fuss summer decorating 


I’ll admit, I move at a slower pace when summer comes around. After the hustle and bustle of a busy school year, it’s nice to decompress a bit and just…be. I like to think my house feels the same way. 

My house spends so much time being decorated: we go all out for Christmas and fall, and still decorate a fair amount for spring. As a fellow blogger said, she likes to let her home breathe during the summer.

I agree. While most people do their spring cleaning in the spring, I do mine in the summer. I’m a teacher and summer is when I have the most free time. I’d have a hard time deep cleaning around a bunch of seasonal decor, you know? 

Basically, I take what’s left over from spring decorating and re-adapt it a little.

Just two months ago, this same vignette looked like this:


Seasonally appropriate seashells replace bunnies, eggs and nests, and late summer hydrangeas replace blooms more appropriate for spring. Actually, I love hydrangeas but use faux ones because I have a relative who is allergic.

I replaced the tiered tray with this wooden Pepsi crate. I filled it with a tall vase with blue flowers, a blue tea towel, a nautical candle lantern and a farmhouse lantern. I love how simple, cute and country this arrangement looks. 


Our July 4 mantle: wooden star garland, candles in glass lanterns, burlap books and a faux boxwood. Just simple, not overdone. 

Our spring mantle was similarly styled:


One of the best ways to welcome summer is to simply declutter your decor so your home looks bright and airy. 

Add in some neutral elements, such as plants, shells, moss, or a basket. 


Throw open those drapes and let the natural sunlight in. 


Break out your light colored textiles in light, breezy fabrics.



Summer is a low key time of year. Let your house feel low key as well.

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Make It Monday: Kids’ American Flag Made From Paint Sticks


Today’s Make it Monday post is for the kids! Maybe you have children, or grandchildren, or even nieces and nephews who might enjoy it. 

This cute little flag is inspired by folk art- it’s definitely different from anything I usually make and it’s far from perfect. The paint ran, the colors bled a little, but I’m kind of liking its imperfections.

All you need is this:


If you’re doing this with kids, my only advice is to use wood glue, or leave operating the glue gun to the adults.
You’ll need to lay out your paint sticks like this, alternating the notched ends.


Then, using either wood glue or hot glue, glue two of the sticks cross-ways. The notched ends will serve as a guide for getting your cross bars glued on straight.


Then, flip it over and place your star stickers however you like.


Go ahead and paint the blue field on your flag. Paint over the stars if you plan to peel them off. That’s what we originally did.


Then, alternate your red and white stripes on the flag.


In the end, we decided to use white star stickers since the paint bled a bit.


This was a fun, easy and cheap craft project. My kiddos loved it and I bet yours will as well.

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Kids’ Valentine’s craft: fortune cookie crafts


Last weekend, the girls and I made these cute Valentines bookmarks.


This weekend, we took a different approach and made some super cute fortune cookie Valentines.


I got the idea from something I’d seen in this month’s Better Homes and Gardens.

First, get some pretty paper or foam sheets. We used foam.


Then, trace the bottom of a wine glass and cut out your circle.


Cut a pipe cleaner to the length of the circle and glue it in the middle.


Fold over your circle and crimp the pipe cleaner in the middle.


You can even tuck a cute little message in the “cookie.”


I hope you enjoy making these cute little Valentines.

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Our Christmas candlelight tour

Merry Christmas Eve to all of you. I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas season and your homes and hearts are full of love and light. 

I’m going to just let the pictures do the talking. Merry Christmas to you and yours. 




Merry Christmas!

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